Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


The authors postulated in Volume 9:1 of COMM/ENT that the line-ofbusiness restrictions imposed in the AT&T divestiture decree-which sharply limit the business activities in which the divested exchange carriers may operate-were based upon fundamentally flawed premises. In this rejoinder, the authors take issue with those who would oppose the rights of the regional holding companies to own non-telecommunications- related enterprises. The authors suggest that the regulators are fully capable of properly fulfilling their statutory tasks in areas where exchange carriers have market power, and that the United States Congress has the legislative and constitutional power to eliminate the consent decree's line-of-business restrictions.